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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Liberty baseball slams the Trojans

Thursday, April 11, 2019 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

Liberty suffered their first loss of the season last weekend and then they went out and gave Parkland its first beating of the season on Monday.

The Hurricanes (7-1) pounded out 13 hits on the road to post a 12-3 rout over the Trojans (6-1).

Head coach Andy Pitsilos relished the opportunity to play the Trojans on Monday, as the contest was considered a nonleague affair.

“The game was a nonleague game, so in terms of league standings is didn’t mean as much,” Pitsilos said. “We lost Parkland this year due to the in league schedule changes so we picked them up as a nonleague. We try to play tough nonleague games every year.”

That tough start to the year is what Pitsilos always envisions for his club, as he wants to get as much tough competition for his group as possible to help propel them toward the end of the year.

Monday’s outcome, however, wasn’t one of those toughest days, as Jake Kraihanzel got the win on the mound, while Jack Borneman and Jack Rothenhausler each belted in three RBIs to push them to victory.

Losing 5-1 to Williamsport over the weekend was part of that process, as Pitsilos took the loss in stride and hoped the team would respond on Monday.

“There is no such thing as a good loss,” Pitsilos said, “but we faced a pitcher who had a D-1 scholarship in Williamsport, which gave us good experience and we learned that we can’t make mistakes even small mistakes.”

Liberty now faces Pocono Mountain West and Freedom on Friday at Coca-Cola Park to close out the week.

After winning their first two games of the season, Bethlehem Catholic (2-4) has lost four-straight following Monday’s loss 10-6 to a previously winless Central Catholic (1-7) squad.

The Hawks will hope to get back on track with Nazareth and Pocono Mountain West to close out the week.

Freedom (2-6) has struggled to defend its district crown from a year ago, but the Pates snapped a three-game losing streak in Monday’s 14-2 demolition over Pocono Mountain West. With Central Catholic, Liberty and Allen on the docket this week, the Pates face a vital week to get themselves back in contention.